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A Technology Twist on a Classic Statistics Lesson

In the lesson, “Alphabet Statistics,” described by Marilyn Burns in her 1987 book, A Collection of Math Lessons (from grades 3 through 6), students explore letter-of-the-alphabet frequency of usage in print material. Over the years, Shelly Sheats Harkness used an adaptation of this lesson several times with middle-school students, high-school students, and preservice teachers. She shares it here with a technology twist.

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Lesson Plan: Who Has the Longest First Name?

This investigation is based on one found in the Appendix for Level A in Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE): A Pre-K–12 Curriculum Framework and is aimed at sixth graders.

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Re-Envisioning the Mathematics Teaching Practices as the Statistics Teaching Practices

Natasha Gerstenschlager re-envisions the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' mathematics teaching practices (MTPs) as statistics teaching practices (STPs) and highlights the differences and similarities between them.

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Announcements: Winter

A roundup of statistics and education-related information and opportunities.

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Lesson Plan: Can You Roll Your Tongue?

This investigation focuses on students examining an association between two categorical variables for grades 6 and 8.

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Model t, or a Newer Randomization?

Today, computing power is cheap and accessible, so past models are not the only option for introducing students to these ideas. We want to make the case that randomization techniques could replace the mathematical models we have relied upon for so long–at least in introductory statistics. Randomization techniques are pedagogically superior, easy to understand, and easily transferable.

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New Editor Takes Reins of Statistics Teacher

As a former associate editor for the Statistics Teacher Network— the predecessor of Statistics Teacher (ST)—new ST editor Jessica Cohen may be new to the role, but not the journal. Cohen will take over for outgoing editor Angela Walmsley with the journal's spring issue.

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ASA and New York Times Partner to Create ‘What’s Going On in This Graph?’

What’s Going On in This Graph?, a new monthly activity from the ASA and The New York Times Learning Network, will help teachers and students explore the quantitative aspects of reporting.

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STATS4STEM.ORG: A Statistical Learning Platform for Educators and Their Students

A team funded by the National Science Foundation is building STATS4STEM.ORG, a statistics-learning website with cutting-edge data, computing, and statistical learning resources. Project lead Eric Simoneau shows the current functionality of the site and shares the timeline for enhancements.

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Lesson Plan: How Far Can You Jump?

This investigation focuses on students conducting a comparative experiment to explore the effect a fixed target will have on the distance students can jump from a starting line.

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